HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT OF FUNGAL INFECTION OF SKIN!!

WHAT IS TINEA VERSICOLOR (FUNGAL INFECTION OF SKIN)?


Tinea versicolor is also known as Pityriasis Versicolor. It is a fungal infection of the skin commonly seen in teenagers and adults but can be seen at any age. The fungus lives on the skin and when it grows out of control, it causes discolouration of the skin producing patches lighter or darker in colour than the surrounding skin.

The infection is non-contagious and does not spread from one person to another.


RISK FACTORS:


  • EXCESSIVE SWEATING: if you have more sweating then there are chances of having the fungal infection as the yeast gets suitable environment to grow.

  • OILY SKIN: oily skin also increases chances of fungal growth.

  • HOT CLIMATE: also gives the fungus favourable environment for growth.

  • WEAK IMMUNITY: if your immunity is weak then the chances of growth of fungus also increases.

SYMPTOMS & CAUSES


SYMPTOMS


  • Appearance of patches which have different colour than the surrounding skin.
  • Itching is generally very mild.
  • Scaling can be seen sometimes.

CAUSES


The fungus is seen normally on the skin as it lives on the healthy skin. It grows only when it is triggered by factors like humidity, hot weather, oily skin, excessive sweating, weak immune system etc.


DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT


DIAGNOSIS


The appearance of the fungal growth is very typical and by only looking at the patches the doctor can diagnose it. In doubtful situations, skin scrapings can be taken from the patches.


TREATMENT


Treatment conventionally includes antifungal medications.


MANAGEMENT


Management of the fungal infection includes:

  • You should not wear tight clothing rather wear loose airy clothes.
  • Wear cotton fabric and not synthetic.
  • Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Maintain hygiene.
  • If you have oily skin, keep it clean.
  • Avoid oily skin products.
  • Reduce sun screen and apply sunscreen whenever you go out on sun.
  • Bath everyday.
  • Don’t use harsh soaps and chemical products.
  • Homeopathic medicines are very good at taking care of the infection.

HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT


Homeopathic medicines are very good for taking care of fungal infection. Medicines like sulphur, tuberculinum, calcarea carb etc are very good medicines but should be given after studying the constitution of the patient.


DO’S & DON’TS


DO’S


  • Maintain hygiene.
  • Bath daily.
  • Wear cotton clothes.
  • Wear loose clothes.
  • Keep skin clean.
  • Apply sunscreen if you are going out.

DON’TS

  • Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Don’t wear synthetic clothes.
  • Don’t wear tight clothes.
  • Don’t use harsh soaps.
  • Don’t over expose yourself to sun.

 

TREAT RINGWORM WITH HOMEOPATHY!!

WHAT IS RINGWORM?


Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. The fungi lives on the dead tissues on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection of the skin of the body is known as tinea corporis. If it occurs in between the toes then its is called as athlete’s foot, if it spreads to the groin then it is called as jock itch and ringworm of scalp is known as tinea capitis.

Ringworm often spread through direct skin to skin contact with the infected person.


RISK FACTORS


Risk of having ringworm are higher if:

  • You have close contact with the person having ringworm.
  • You live in a warm climate.
  • You have weak immunity.
  • You wear tight clothing.
  • You share your clothes, towel, bed with the infected person.
  • You don’t maintain hygiene.

COMPLICATIONS


Ringworm rarely spread to the deeper layers of the skin thus there is no serious illness apart from people who have weak immune system require long time to get rid of the infection.


SYMPTOMS & CAUSES


SYMPTOMS


  • Red, itchy, flat and scaly rashes on the skin
  • The rash I’d clear and flat at centre but raised at the borders forming a circular, irregular rough ring.

CAUSES


Ringworm is an infection caused by fungus which is contagious. The fungi lives on the top most layer of the skin and thrives on the dead skin cells. It may spread through different ways:

  • DIRECT CONTACT WITH INFECTED PERSON: skin to skin contact with an infected human would infect the other person as well.

  • ANIMAL TO HUMAN: if you get in association with an animal having ringworm then you can contract infection from it.

  • POOR HYGIENE: if you don’t maintain hygiene then there are increased chances.

  • CONTACT WITH INFECTED OBJECTS: clothes, towel, bed, comb, brush of the infected person can spread infection to other people.

DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT


DIAGNOSIS


The appearance of the ringworm is enough for diagnosis. Although skin scrapings from the affected area can be examined under microscope would confirm the diagnosis.


TREATMENT


Usual treatment is anti-fungal medication which would control the infection but homeopathic medicines are much more effective in treating the fungal infection permanently and without any side effects. Anti-fungal creams and medication would just suppress it and ringworms would appear again.


MANAGEMENT


If you have fungal infection then:

  • You should never share your personal things like clothes, bed, towel etc with anyone.
  • You should maintain hygiene so that the infection doesn’t spread more.
  • Take bath everyday.
  • Wear clean cotton clothes.
  • Wear loose clothes as tight clothes would aggravate the condition.
  • Avoid contact with infected things, person, animals.
  • Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Educate yourself and others so that catching the infection and further spread could be prevented.
  • Take homeopathic medicines.

HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT


Ringworm could be very rigid and tough to cure. Anti-fungal medicines and lotion just suppress it temporarily. To get permanent cure, homeopathy is a good option as the medicines would treat the infection permanently.

Medicines like sepia, bacillinum, tuberculinum, sulphur, cal carb etc are very good for treatment of ringworm. But the medicines should only be taken after consulting a good homeopath and self medication could be harmful.


DO’S & DON’TS


DO’S


  • Maintain hygiene
  • Bath everyday
  • Know about ringworm
  • Wear clean clothes
  • Keep the infected area clean and dry
  • Wear loose clothes

DON’TS

  • Don’t share your clothes, bed, towel with anyone.
  • Avoid contact with infected person
  • Avoid excessive sweating
  • Don’t wear tight clothes

 

HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT OF NASAL POLYPS!!

WHAT ARE NASAL POLYPS?


Nasal polyps are painless, teardrop shaped, soft, non cancerous growths which develop on the lining of the nasal passage. The size varies and small nasal polyps does not produce any symptoms but larger polyps or group of polyps can block the nasal passage.


RISK FACTORS:


Nasal polyps can affect anyone but they are more commonly seen in adults. Any condition that triggers inflammation again and again in the nasal passage (Infection, allergy) may cause development of polyps. Risk factors include:

  • ASTHMA: in asthma there is inflammation and constriction of airways.

  • RECURRING INFECTIONS: recurring infection viral or bacterial cause inflammation again and again in the nasal passage.

  • ALLERGIES: allergy to pollutants, airborne fungi, pollen allergy would also cause inflammation in the nasal passage.

  • DRUG SENSITIVITY: certain drugs like aspirin can cause inflammation and irritation of nasal passage.

  • CERTAIN DISEASES: certain diseases like cystic fibrosis, churg-Strauss syndrome also show inflammation of nasal passage.

COMPLICATIONS:


Nasal polyps can cause complications because they block the nasal passage and fluid drainage. Complications include:

  • SINUS INFECTIONS: sinus infections can occur due to nasal polyps.

  • ASTHMA FLARE UPS: recurrent infection and inflammation cause flare up of symptoms of asthma.

  • OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA: sleep apnea can occur due to nasal polyp as they block breathing.

SYMPTOMS & CAUSES


SYMPTOMS:


Nasal polyps cause blockage in the nasal passage due to recurrent inflammation. Nasal polyps are soft growths and have no symptoms of their own but it is the blockage which produce symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal blockage and congestion
  • Post nasal drip
  • Decreased sense of smell and in chronic cases no sense of smell
  • Snoring
  • Congested feeling in head
  • Pain in sinuses

CAUSES


The exact cause of inflammation in the mucous membrane of the nasal passage is not known as nasal polyp can develop in anyone and at any age but they are most common in adults.


DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT


DIAGNOSIS


Symptoms along with examination by the doctor can confirm the diagnosis as polyps may be visible with lighted instruments also. Other diagnostic tests are:

  • NASAL ENDOSCOPY: viewing the nasal passage by an endoscope would help in visualisation of the polyps.

  • CT SCAN: can help the doctor to see the size and location of the polyp.

TREATMENT


The basic goal of the treatment in nasal polyp is to reduce the size of the polyps and relieve the symptoms of blockage. Conventional treatment include corticosteroid nasal spray to relieve inflammation. Surgery is also advised for removing the polyps mechanically.


MANAGEMENT


  • AVOID NASAL IRRITANTS: avoid breathing airborne irritants (fumes, pollution, chemical fumes, tobacco smoke, dust etc) which would contribute with the inflammation by irritating the mucous membrane of the nose.

  • HUMIDIFIER: use a humidifier at your house as humidifier would keep the nasal passage moist and would improve mucus flow.

  • MAINTAIN HYGIENE: wash hands regularly and maintain hygiene to avoid bacterial, viral infections that can cause inflammation of the nasal passage.

  • DO BREATHING EXERCISES: breathing exercises would help in relieving symptoms.

  • STEAM INHALATION: steam inhalation would relieve the congestion feeling in the nose and would also clear the nasal passage.

  • NASAL SPRAY: saline nasal spray would help in relieving nasal congestion by clearing the passage of mucus.

  • ASTHMA: if you have have asthma then keep it under control as flare ups would exaggerate the inflammation of the nasal passage.

HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT


Homeopathy is the best way to treat nasal polyps. Homeopathic medicines would help in decreasing the size of the polyps. With medicines only the size of the polyps can be managed and the patient can be relieved with all the symptoms without any surgery or steroids. Medicines should always be taken after consulting some good homeopath.


DO’S & DON’TS


DO’S

  • Avoid exposure to allergens.
  • Do steam inhalation
  • Use humidifier
  • Manage asthma and keep it under control
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Use saline nasal spray
  • Maintain hygiene and wash hands regularly

DON’TS

  • Don’t expose yourself to allergens and infections
  • Don’t ignore the symptoms